£100 fine for drivers who hog the middle lane and drive angry

5 June 2013

old driver car Drivers who hog the middle lane, cut up others, tailgate or show aggression, will now face on-the-spot fines of £100 and three points on their licence under new plans.

Police will also be able to penalise drivers who refuse to give way at junctions, force their way into a queue of traffic or use the wrong lane at roundabouts. Anyone doing handbrake turns and the like will also get similar punishments.

There'll also be increases in fines for not wearing a seat belt or for using your mobile while driving.

"Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people’s lives at risk," said Stephen Hammond, transport minister. "That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice rather than needing to take every offender to court."

"We are also increasing penalties for a range of driving offences to a level which reflects their seriousness and which will ensure that they are consistent with other similar penalty offences."

Until now, these crimes were tied up in bureaucracy, the driver had to be stopped by a police officer, summons had to be issued and evidence presented in court. Now, punishments can be much swifter.

Edmund King, AA president, said: "An increase in the standard motoring fixed penalty fine will help deter those who commit motoring offences including mobile phone use. We are also pleased to see that at long last new powers and fines will be given to the police to tackle the top three pet hates of drivers – tailgaters, mobile phone abusers and middle lane hogs."

TOPICS:   Motoring


  • Walter W.
    If you really wanted a deterrent change the law to add more points Raising the fine limit is nothing more than a revenue generator, hidden behind the guise of 'Increasing safety' Also, using a mobile at the wheel is illegal yet smoking (still) isn't. Both require the use of one hand, both can be a distraction but why is smoking still permitted?
  • Captain.Cretin
    To get this to work, they will have to introduce a fine for the Rozzers who IGNORE everything, while swanning around and feeling important in their "liddle tanks". PS As above - smoking is FAR more dangerous than eating a sweet, so why is it allowed when munching polos isnt?? (In the good old days I always had a packet blu-tak'ed to the steering wheel)
  • shiftynifty
    Yeah Sicknote...right behind you....now move and let me pass.... harrumph
  • Kev
    Why is not using indicators on this?
  • Dick
    I don't see how they will enforce it. It is very subjective. If you have been in the middle lane for two minutes, will they decide you are guilty? Will this just lead to more (unnecessary) lane changing, for the fear of being accused of lane hogging?
  • _me_
    Of course it's subjective. That's the whole point. It'll just make the Police have more self-importance. Some of these are brilliant (Mobile phones - just ignore the fucking thing or turn if off). But wrong lane on a roundabout? Half the time no-one really knows on a 3 lane roundabout which lane to be in. Sometimes it's the outside FFS and you don't know until you get there (try driving in London and you'll know what I mean) And as for forcing your way into a queue, if you wait until some polite person lets you in, you could be there for hours in some places. That rule was clearly written by some local-yocal village copper.
  • shakesheadsadly
    Why is not wearing a seatbelt on this?!? Its about the only 'crime' that hurts no one except yourself. Unless you crash your car into the back of Lord Fotheringtons horse box and have to be surgically removed from the horse.

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